OPENING DAY AT THE EKIALO KIONA CENTER – JUNE 10, 2010

The Ekialo Kiona Center officially opened on June 10, 2010 on Mfangano Island!  In celebration of the World Cup, we are featuring the World Cup Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) program for the next 5 weeks. With our new projector purchased with help from the Rotary Clubs in Kisumu, Ft. Collins, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, OHR is providing big screen World Cup viewing to all members of the Ekialo Kiona Club. Members join this unique club by learning their own HIV-status through a specialized counseling and testing session with OHR’s newly hired VCT counselors. On our first day of counseling and testing we registered over 120 club members, a Mfangano Island record for a single day of VCT testing!  With our partners at the FAMILY AIDS Care and Education Services program, we are ensuring that all HIV-positive friends receive an appropriate and effective treatment.  The Ekialo Kiona vision is off to a great start thanks to the hard work of our ferro-cement construction crew, dedicated staff, and countless volunteers in the US and Kenya.  Special thanks to Lauren Friedman, Adam Sewall, and Richard Magerenge for their tireless efforts and steady teamwork to help OHR reach this important milestone.